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Oct 23rd, 2008


After the startling sequence of events set in motion by last Friday’s 7-minute flameout of U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann’s reelection campaign in Minnesota’s “safe” 6th Congressional District, I thought I’d seen it all.

But I was nearly as startled when I saw this guest suggestion for “The Daily Show” with Jon Stewart.



Suicide Strike on Iraq Cabinet Minister’s Convoy; 11 killed

Image: Wreckage after suicide bombing in Baghdad
Iraqi army soldiers inspect a damaged car after a suicide car bomber targeted a government convoy in Bab al-Sharji, central Baghdad, on Thursday, Oct. 23, 2008. (Photo credit: Hadi Mizban / AP)

Oct. 23, 2008

BAGHDAD — A suicide car bomber rammed into a convoy carrying Iraq’s labor minister in morning traffic, killing 11 people and wounding 22 in central Baghdad, police said on Thursday.

A spokesman for the Labor Ministry said Minister Mahmoud al-Sheikh Radhi was unhurt, but three of his bodyguards were among the dead.

A Reuters television cameraman in the vicinity filmed the blast, but said an Iraqi soldier confiscated his videotape. The cameraman, about 150 yards away at the time of the explosion, saw a car slam into a convoy of six or seven four-wheel-drive vehicles and explode in a ball of flame near Tahrir square in central Baghdad.

Police and bodyguards in the convoy opened fire after the blast. Several vehicles crashed and others sped away as chaos ensued.


Security Developments in Iraq

Following are security developments in Iraq on Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2008, as reported by Reuters.

MOSUL – An unidentified body with bullet wounds to the head and the chest was found in the east of the city of Mosul, 240 miles north of Baghdad, police said.

MOSUL – An Iraqi soldier was wounded when a passing car opened fire on an Iraqi army checkpoint in Mosul, police said.

MOSUL – A bomb in a parked car killed four civilians and wounded four others in western Mosul, police said.

BAGHDAD – Bombs attached to two cars wounded five people when they exploded in central and western Baghdad, police said.

QAIM – Iraqi police found remains of 34 people in Qaim, 185 miles west of Baghdad, police said. The source added the bodies are believed to have been buried two years ago.

TIKRIT – U.S. forces said they captured a wanted militant on Tuesday in Tikrit, 95 miles, north of Baghdad.


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